The Rio Blanco River is a tributary of the Moho River that flows by Cotton Tree Lodge, and the park surrounds a spectacular waterfall. The nearby villages of Santa Elena and Santa Cruz organized the Rio Blanco Mayan Association in 1994 to protect this waterfall and 104 adjacent acres of sub-tropical forest. Jaguar, ocelot, margay, river otter, and many species of birds and fish live in the park. The RBMA hopes this area can become a viable ecotourism destination generating income for both villages.
After arriving at the visitors’ center it’s only a 20 minute walk on a gentle gravel trail to the falls.A small thatch hut with benches provides a spectacular view and picnicking spot. Thrill seekers can step out to the 20′ cliffs and jump into the swimming hole.Our guides can’t resist, so you’ll always have company. Limestone pools above and below the falls are perfect for wading and splashing, and the different levels of cliffs are connected by wooden and cement staircases.
A good trail network stretches along the same side of the river as the cliffs and picnic spot. Those who want to explore further can hike upstream, climb to an elevated platform, and cross a suspended cable bridge to the other side of the river.The trail network continues there as a hilly loop of dense foliage and small brooks.This trip is appropriate for anyone who is reasonably physically fit.You may not want to jump off the cliffs or cross the cable bridge, but there are trails, a picnic area, and shallow pools to enjoy.
Tour Difficulty: Moderate
Food & Drink: CTL provides assorted drinks and a packed lunch
Dress: swim suit, water sandals, CTL provides towels, life vests
Extras: sunscreen, insect repellant, camera, wetsuit
Price: $120US/person for Room Only & Full Board, Children age 4 – 12, half price
All prices are subject to tax & service charge